A Railway passenger by the name of Vishal Khanapure from Kalaburagi in Karnataka helped his friend get sanitary napkin and pain killer tablets by using Twitter handle. Vishal’s friend, who is an architecture student was travelling through Hospet Passenger train from Bengaluru to Bellary when she got her period.
The train departs Bengaluru at 10:15 pm and arrives Bellary at 09:40 am the next day. While the train was leaving Yesvantpur station, Khanapure tweeted Indian Railways and Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Railway and Coal seeking instant help.
Speaking to TOI, Khanapure said, “At 11.06pm, an officer reached my friend and confirmed her requirements and took down her PNR details and mobile number. At 2 am, when the train reached Arasikere station, officials of the Mysuru division were ready with all the items she had sought. We are all surprised by the quick response.”
Thank you for the immediate response
Really I'm wondered, char saal main kitna badal Gaya hai Hindusthan!.isse kehte hai "acche din" I'm really really very happy4 @indianrailway__ @PiyushGoyal @PiyushGoyalOffc @mepratap "ek aur Baar modi Sarkar" @RailMinIndia @narendramodi pic.twitter.com/heCHWEkeYB
— Vishal Khanapure (@Vishal888782) January 14, 2019
Officers of the Mysuru division confirmed the incident and added that such requests were often made to them through tweets or on 138 and that they are always ready to help the passengers.
Meanwhile, to help women in locating sanitary napkin vending machines, youth from Kolkata have come up with the mobile application that will inform women about the location of vending boxes.
The app is now available for download- ‘Bandhan Sanitary pad app’. In addition to that, Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC) installed sanitary pad vending machines as well as pad incinerators in community toilets, the Telegraph reported.
The vending machines, which have a storage capacity of around 25 napkins, dispenses one pad after the insertion of one Rs 5 coin.